Although the bike by itself may not be viable as a product, I would love to see HD buy a license for the engine at drop in the Buell. I have to agree with the GPTB boys (Buz and longride)that trying to market the bike would be a losing proposition....
I've read a couple of shorts on this bike and the manufacturer is going to sell the bike for just shy of $25,000 according to the info I've read. But they are also soliciting investors. Your call. Should be a nice bike but I'd have a little more confidence in it after a complete road test was done by a MO or some other rag.
On the outside chance that this guy is successful in getting investors, builds a bunch of these things, they take off, and he realizes riches and success beyond his wildest dreams, will this then be another motorcycle company that is "an example of everything that is wrong with america?"
Well, MVAugusta and Benelli seem to get by with limited sales of very expensive bikes of no better performance than much cheaper Japanese models. Why shouldn't Roeh try to corner that market? I'd rather see American bikes from that class on the road, given my druthers.
If those chopper manufacturers can stay in business selling inferior overpriced, and in some cases dangerous, schlock there may be a market for this thing.
120 hp and dry wt of 335lbs. If they pull that off I'd say they'll have some good performance. Price is going to be in the J.Leno range, so I'm still looking for Buzz to adopt me and give me a huge allowance
Definatly need to rethink the cartoon duck faring, hunt down some of those wayward Ducati design winers and put them to work.
I've read about this one, too. They've only got a developmental prototype, and I don't think they have any kind of company yet. The Highland engine is made in Sweden, of all places, but it does appear to be more or less fully developed.
Unlike MotoCzysz, Roehr's immediate goal doesn't seem to racing.
The prototype on their Web site is ugly as sin, though. And it looks very rough, although, I guess that's the nature of prototypes anyway. Seems like a real long shot to me, especially at $25K.
Cartoon duck? Looks more like a carp undergoing electro-shock therapy to me. Fish are however very slippery, so maybe it's an aerodynamically sound design. 335 pounds seems a little optimistic also, for a bike with a steel tube frame. I think they would have to go with carbon fiber wheels, and a few other cost prohibitive parts made from exotic materials to meet their claimed weight. VWW
We've had a week of inversion now. The fog has been freezing onto the ground and its so icy now that getting around in my truck can be hairraising, much less trying to ride. Maybe that snowstorm will blow it out and warm things up a bit.
Maybe you can get a sabbatical to UCLA or some other SoCal instutution. Except for that one week of really bad rain, I've been riding all winter.
Probably the best place would be Occidental College. It's highly ranked, has a diverse student body, a small-town feel, and... it's very near the Angeles Crest Highway! (Of course Caltech is near the ACH, too, but those guys work too hard.)
If you want to hang around the beach with rich kids, Pepperdine is the spot... Mulholland Highway would be in your back yard
Let me know when you get here, so we can go riding.
If someone has $20k or more to spend on "an American sport bike", and you just can't stand the Sporster based engine in the Buell XB's, just buy a Buell XB9 for what,.... about $9000, and drop any damn engine you want into the frame. Hell, you could probably pay someone to do it for ya and still come in under $20k. There you go. Who's first?